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Opportunities in Chemical Recycling in Developing Countries of Asia

Chemical recycling in asia
August 19, 2020 @ 3:30 am – 4:30 am UTC Timezone

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Asia is the largest contributor to ocean-bound plastics and the fastest-growing region for packaging consumption. In recent years, chemical recycling, in the form of monomer recycling and plastics-to-fuel recycling, has emerged as a feasible solution to recycle plastic feedstock that cannot be recycled through mechanical processes. Technologies for these solutions are still in the early stages of development with only a few at commercial-scale operations. This panel explores the opportunities for developing chemical recycling in developing countries in Asia and its barriers ranging from technologies, feedstock acquisition, finding suitable locations, and end markets.


Ying Staton, Head of Corporate Development @Plastic Energy

Ying Staton is leading Plastic Energy’s corporate development in Asia, focusing on strategy, business development and finance, from the company’s Asian base in Singapore. She started her career in the British government, where she led research in 10 Downing St under Prime Minister David Cameron and served a number of roles in the UK Department for Transport and Department for International Development, including a year working with the UN on the predecessor to the SDGs and 2 years delivering UK aid programmes in Uganda. After leaving government, she was Head of Asia at strategic advisory firm Global Counsel for 6 years, where she advised multinational companies on cross-border trade and investment issues across Europe, Asia and Africa, with a focus on commodities and sustainability. Ying graduated summa cum laude with a B.A. in Classics and English from Oxford University and holds an M.A. in East Asian Studies from Yale University, where she was a Henry Fellow.

Suhas Dixit, Founder and Director @APChemi

Suhas Dixit is the founder and director of APChemi. APChemi is leaders in pyrolysis based chemical recycling of plastic waste since last 12 years.  APChemi is backed by Shell Petrochemicals as well as Dr JB Joshi Research Foundation. APChemi has established over 30 pyrolysis plants globally. APChemi promotes chemical recycling of the toughest and dirtiest plastics waste in a very transparent and sustainable manner. Suhas Dixit is an inventor of numerous patents in Pyrolysis plastics, including pyrolysis of ‘multilayer-packaging’ and ‘municipal solid waste segregated plastics’. Currently, APChemi’s proven technology recycles 80 metric tons of end-of-life plastic waste daily into fuels and petrochemicals. Suhas Dixit is alumni of Institute of Chemical Technology. He works form Navi Mumbai as well as London.


Ashwin Subramaniam, CEO & Founder @GA Circular

Ashwin is an environmental economics and policy consultant with 12 years of business and entrepreneurial experience across Asia. He is the CEO & founder at GA Circular, a research and strategy advisory firm that is driving the circular economy in Asia based on the principles of designing out waste and pollution, keeping products and materials in use, and regenerating natural systems. He specialises in developing circular economy solutions in Singapore, Thailand, Vietnam, Indonesia and India. He has led various technical projects with clients such as the World Bank, UN Environment, Singapore’s National Environment Agency, companies from petrochemical, packaging, consumer goods and recycling industries. His work includes recycling technologies assessments, materials-flow analyses, environmental economics research, business strategy development and developing industry coalitions across Asia. He is passionate about finding solutions to tackle climate change – especially the 45% of global greenhouse gas emissions that comes from making the products we use everyday. Ashwin is a 2018 National Geographic Grantee under the “Reducing Marine Plastic Pollution” program.

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